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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
 
How to catch America's attention

There is no other way to describe Republican Senator Chuck Hagel's remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee than as a shot across the bow of the Bush re-election campaign.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A senior Republican lawmaker said that deteriorating security in Iraq (news - web sites) may force the United States to reintroduce the military draft.

"There's not an American ... that doesn't understand what we are engaged in today and what the prospects are for the future," Senator Chuck Hagel told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on post-occupation Iraq.

"Why shouldn't we ask all of our citizens to bear some responsibility and pay some price?" Hagel said, arguing that restoring compulsory military service would force "our citizens to understand the intensity and depth of challenges we face."


The Nebraska Republican added that a draft, which was ended in the early 1970s, would spread the burden of military service in Iraq more equitably among various social strata.

"Those who are serving today and dying today are the middle class and lower middle class," he observed.
Wow! If that is not an admonition of the Elite Ruling Chickenhawks, I don't know what it is.

The only way that Americans will ever support reviving the draft is if there is a real global crisis... say China starts to invade its neighbors or North Korea gears up to wipe out Los Angeles.

There is absolutely no way that the American populous will support a draft simply to reinforce a divisive, poorly planned occupation in Iraq.

This is definitely a not-so-veiled threat to the White House. 'Either you get your shit together in Iraq, or I will make sure that 90% of the soccer moms vote against you....'

...And from a Republican. Yikes!

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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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